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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: What rights do I have to my child

We aren’t married Father is in and out of life moved 45 minutes away is behind on child support and doesn’t help with anything

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 29, 2021

If you were not married when the child was born and paternity has not been established either in court or by affidavit, you have custody and he does not.

2 Answers | Asked in Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: Can copies of durable powers of attorney be notarized? An attachment made to it? Originals lost.

My parents lost their original notarized copies of powers of attorney, naming myself as able to take care of finances, etc. They are both in assisted living, both with dementia, but able to still sign and converse. I have copies of the originals, is there a way to notarize these somehow? Add a... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 29, 2021

That's an interesting question. You are essentially trying to have a new POA created with the same terms as the old POA. As phrased, the answer is probably no, but there may be ways around it. Keep in mind that you shouldn't need the original POA when acting for your parents for most... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Ohio on
Q: I am starting my own personalized puzzle business and am not sure about what images I can include in my puzzles.

Can I use school mascots and names? What about poems or popular quotes? If a person is on a local sports team (non professional, such as Little League), can I include their name in the puzzle? I have purchased my images from a website and have created templates, but if I want to personalize the... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 29, 2021

To a certain extent, it's going to depend on each item. Look for things that are in the public domain or attribution free. Otherwise you need to get authorization and/or pay to use trademarked or copyrighted materials.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Ohio on
Q: how does it work when a minor has a car in ohio, and turns 18? is the title in his name at first?

I’m a 17 year old minor. I’m buying my 25 year old brother’s car soon. Person to person sale. How does the title work? Would it go in my parent’s name and when I’m 18, I need to change it or it automatically changes. Or is it in my and their name, and it automatically removes when I’m 18?

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 29, 2021

You cannot own property as a minor. The car would be in your parent(s) name. When you turn 18 it does not automatically change. They would have to either gift, or sell you the car. You would take that to the BMV for a new title and pay the associated costs.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Ohio on
Q: If I did not sign a ticket do I still pay or what do I do (speeding)
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 29, 2021

Refusing to sign the ticket does not change things. You still need to either pay the ticket or dispute it,

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Ohio on
Q: Can a car dealership keep your down-payment. After a loan has been canceled ..not a repossession but a cancelation..

The dealer has the car ..loan has been canceled by lender..but no refund of downpaynt

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 27, 2021

You would need to read the contract to see whether or not the down payments is refundable.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Do my boyfriend and I (not married), who live in Ohio, have joint custody of our son who was born in another state?

I lived in Louisiana when my son was born. I was not married. My boyfriend and I filled out paternity paperwork and he is on the birth certificate. We now live in Ohio. Do we have joint custody or do I have sole custody?

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 27, 2021

While a lawyer would have to look at the laws of the various jurisdictions involved, it is very likely you have joint custody at this point. The whole point of filing out paperwork acknowledging paternity and getting yourself named the father on the birth certificate is to establish that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights, Education Law and Small Claims for Ohio on
Q: Can my private university mandate me to get vaccinated after I’ve been accepted, paid money, and told me that I don’t?

They told us we did NOT have to get vaccinated then an hour later told us that we DO need to get vaccinated against COVID-19. I was accepted for a month and a half with a down payment before I was informed that I needed to get the COVID vaccine, so now it’s crunch time and I either get the shot... Read more »

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Jul 26, 2021

I have not personally looked up the resources, but it is my understanding that the vaccine has not received final approval from the FDA.

The emergency use of an unapproved medicine is covered by 21 U.S. Code § 360bbb–3 - Authorization for medical products for use in emergencies. A...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Ohio on
Q: why am i receiving a letter from office of the clerk united states district court southern district of ohio?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

The letter should tell you. If you're unclear, bring it to an attorney for review. All I can say is, don't bury your head in the sand. Official correspondence from a Court should not be avoided or ignored. Failing to act usually only makes matters worse.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Health Care Law for Ohio on
Q: I got arrested in Puerto Rico on vacation and I don’t remember anything awls I know is I woke up in the hospital bed

I Was never told I was being charged with anything or in trouble

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

No question is asked here. If you have a general legal question feel free to post. For a definitive answer about your particular situation and advise on options available to you, a full consultation with an attorney would be needed.

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: I rent from my parents. Can they move someone else in and tell me either deal with it or leave?

My partner and I have rented from my parents since March. No lease, but an informal list of expectations was sent via facebook messenger. My mother decided that my sister and her boyfriend could move in earlier this momth, and that if I have a problem I could move out. I cannot afford to move out;... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

In short, yes they can. You are free to negotiate a new lease agreement with them taking the change into consideration, but it is their house. If additional issues arise and you are unable to stay there, you can try to argue constructive eviction, but that can be difficult. For a detailed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Ohio on
Q: My daughter was suicidal and pregnant I called the cops and they didn't take her away few weeks later she died from an

She died from an overdose and the baby died do I have a case against the cops

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 26, 2021

It's unlikely. Police have immunity from liability from civil cases in all but a few instances. For a definitive answer you would need to sit down with an attorney to review the entirety of the situation in detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I got a ticket for improper backing in state of Ohio very minimal damage but was accident. I have no insurance .
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 24, 2021

An Ohio attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry about your accident, but am glad no one was hurt. You may have already done so by now, but you could reach out to a Traffic Ticket attorney in the Marion area to discuss the violation and the no-insurance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: My mother pasted away and I received a RECEIPT AND WAIVER from her lawyer, it's vague. What is it for?
Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 23, 2021

Tough to say from the generic description. The normal waivers we see are related to notice that the estate is being probated. I suggest taking the document into an attorney and having him or her review for you. Since each county probate court has their own forms that are used an attorney who... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Q: Judge placed a no contact order against me and my spouse against my wishes. Is it possible to get the order lifted ?

She told me the order was temporary, However my spouse and I live together and have a infant . He is the breadwinner in the home and I am currently out of work with no income and he was ordered to leave the home . I am to have no contact with him whatsoever, not even through a third party . This is... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 22, 2021

Maybe. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who can review all the facts and advise you of any options and the workings of your local court. But it depends on the judge.

1 Answer | Asked in International Law and Probate for Ohio on
Q: My Canadian husband died intestate in Ohio. I'm a US citizen. We had no children. He has 1 adult child in Canada.

His Canadian estate consists of the contents of a storage container of household goods in BC and stock in a Canadian company at the time of his death. He was a resident of BC prior to joining me in Ohio. He did not own any vehicles, bank accounts or real estate in Canada. His US estate consists of... Read more »

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 21, 2021

A detailed analysis of all the pertinent facts is necessary before anyone can give you a definitive answer. I recommend sitting down with a probate attorney in your area for a full consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Can an apartment evict you over late fees?

The rent was paid in full and accepted for July on July 3. However on July 20, my mother received a notice to leave the premises in three days for nonpayment of a $75 late fee. There was never any previous notice about a late fee, and she wasn’t even late, the money was taken out of her account... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 21, 2021

They can try, and possibly succeed. Talk to the landlord and try to work it out, or use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Estate Planning for Ohio on
Q: My mother wants to kick out my brother who helps take care of her.. she has dementia and alzheimers what can he do

She (my mother) tells everyone that it's his house ...he gives her money when he can hes an artist (tattoo):and covid has put a huge issue as business goes but he does wait on her hand and foot ....can she kick him out with no notice no nothing no eviction papers

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jul 21, 2021

If the proper eviction process is not followed, then he could sue her for unlawful eviction. It sounds like she needs help. If she is not mentally competent, and she has not executed a power of attorney, then someone might need to apply to become her guardian. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Probate for Ohio on
Q: Father passed no will no spouse. My bro in same state as Dad. I live diff state. How protect my inheritance rights?
Theodore David Vicknair Sr.
Theodore David Vicknair Sr. answered on Jul 20, 2021

I would talk to an Ohio attorney about beating your brother to the punch to get appointed as Administrator of the estate. In my state, Louisiana, you and he would have equal preferenced in right to be appointed. Ohio may have a statute that provides that a local person living in the state has a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Ohio on
Q: Hello

I have a rental property, and my step daughter was living in it for rent free. We recenlty parted ways and she wants to take the shed from the property. can she leggally do that or is that a permanant fixture.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on Jul 20, 2021

Typically it is considered a fixture, but it could theoretically vary depending on the specifics. See Section 5701.02 of the Ohio Revised Code (link below).

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-5701.02

If the issue continues, you may want to retain an attorney to...
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